Children's jewelry pulled for lead poisoning danger
- May 16, 2007 3:29 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
About 200,000 children's necklaces, bracelets and rings are being pulled from the marketplace because they contain high levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
The jewelry pieces, imported by Spandrel Sales and Marketing Inc., were sold in vending machines in malls and grocery stores across the U.S. from February 2007 through March 2007 for a quarter.
Children absorb lead more easily than adults and are more vulnerable to poisoning. Exposure to high levels of lead can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or death. Symptoms include anemia, appetite loss, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability and headache.
No associated injuries have been reported.
Consumers should take the products away from children and dispose of them.
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